After hearing from what seems like every single person I came across how awesome Rockband is, I picked it up for my Xbox 360 this past weekend. I had never played any of the “music games” before, so I didn’t really know what I was getting myself into. My wife was even more sceptical. At $170, I was really hoping that “everyone” was right, and that Rockband really was the greatest thing since sliced bread.
Unpacking the box, the first question I asked myself was, “where am I going to store all this stuff?” The second question I had, while unpacking the microphone, was “who’s going to sing?” I have no problem singing when I’m on my own, but there’s no way I was going to do it in front of other people. My wife was even more adamant that she wasn’t going to sing, and made sure I knew it. Many times over.
Saturday evening we had friends over and started a band, the Ginger Toupées, and had an absolute blast, rocking into the wee hours of the night. I can honestly say that it’s been quite a while since I’ve had so much fun; not just playing a game, but just fun, period. Barely twenty-minutes into it I was already pumping my Xbox Live account with points so I could download more songs. We all stopped worrying about who was going to sing, and just did it. We were even ready to run out to Wal-Mart (open 24 hours to serve us better!) to pick up another guitar so all four of us could play at once, but unfortunately we had all had a few drinks at that point.
How fun is it, you ask? Well, my wife, the one who would “never, ever, sing”, was soon dancing and bee-bopping around while belting out the tunes at the top of her lungs. It was quite a sight. We lost all track of time, and before we knew it, it was two in the morning. Yeah, Rockband is fun. Really, really fun.
Some quick notes:
Playing drums is awesome.
Playing drums on Nine Inch Nails’ March of the Pigs is wicked hard.
I’m amazed (and thankful) my daughter slept through our rockin’.
I wish all the songs were unlocked for local multiplayer.
I sure hope all this plastic stuff doesn’t shatter into a million pieces.